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SMG/Civic Center honored

Press Release: PENSACOLA CIVIC CENTER MAKES MID-YEAR CHARTS! PENSACOLA, Fla.- The Pensacola Civic Center is making headlines for another successful season. Venues Today Magazine’s July issue recognizes venues with the highest concert and event grosses in the United States. Pensacola [...]

No perfect plans

There is no perfect plan for a strong mayor or charter government for Escambia County. However, what do know is that the current systems only worked well when the overall local economy was healthier. The land, housing and the overall cost of living was cheaper here so lower wages seemed to be a [...]

IN Strong Mayor plan

IN Strong Mayor plan

This doesn't have to be complicated. Ballot Question: “Shall the City Charter be amended to change from a City Manager structure of government to a Strong Mayor for a five year trial period starting January 1, 2009?” Under the new system the Mayor would be the City's chief executive [...]

Charter Government looks better now

Charter Government looks better now

Escambia County has repeatedly rejected charter government which has led to individual feafdoms in county government. The county commission and the citizens have no say in the budgets of tax collector or property appraiser -their budgets are approved by Dept. of Revenue. The Sheriff doesn't have [...]

What did Sam Hall actually report on July 24?

On July 24, his vehicle was parked on Alcaniz St. north of Bayfront Pkwy. When he got into his car around 2 pm, a city parks truck was in the parking lot across from Bartram Park, also north of Bayfront Pkwy. Hall told the deputy - "the driver was standing outside his vehicle and appeared to be [...]

Cowper leaving

Confirmed. Kevin Cowper has resigned as the City of Pensacola's Community Development Director. He is leaving Pensacola to take the Assistant City Manager position in Auburn, AL. His last day in Pensacola is August 31. He will start work in Auburn September 4. Congratulations to Kevin. It's a [...]

PNJ layoffs

PNJ layoffs

The word is the daily has laid off 13 people including some upper management.... happened Thursday afternoon at the end of the work day. Included Classified ad manager, two graphic artists, and the person in charge of building maintenance who was there over 27 years.

What can a strong mayor do? LEAD

What can a strong mayor do? LEAD

I posted last week how the strong mayors of Orlando and Orange County (yes, they have a county mayor) pushed through votes for a $1 billion downtown revitalization package. Here is what the sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel wrote (Three Cheers for Crotty ) It was right after this ominous [...]

NYT: Docs paid too much

NYT: Docs paid too much

The New York Times has published an article (The Nation: Sending Back the Doctor’s Bill ) in which economists say that the problem with skyrocketing health care costs is not prescription drugs or insurance company profits, but the high salaries of doctors. Doctors in the United States earn two [...]

PNJ editor “discovers” area’s bitter side

PNJ editor “discovers” area’s bitter side

Pensacola News Journal Executive Editor Richard Schneider asked the daily newspaper's readers to send him "two words that describe your hope for Pensacola, and an additional word, preferably a verb, that describes our current state." Thirty days later, he only got 20 responses and, based on his [...]

NAS does what ECUA should have done

NAS does what ECUA should have done

The Monday edition of the News Journal has an article on how NAS Pensacola decided to forego building a new wastewater treatment plant on the base after Hurricane Ivan. They realized how vulnerable the plant would be to hurricanes.  Instead they are partnering with ECUA to build a pipeline to send [...]

Bomb threat at Whiting

Bomb detection dogs and emergency vehicles were poised and ready when a suspicious package was found in the mailroom early Friday morning at NAS Whiting Field. The package turned out to be nothing more than just ‘suspicious,’ but the base still underwent precautions—like searching [...]

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